NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The United States ranks 57th in the world in pure alcohol consumption in liters per capita among those aged 15 or higher, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). But while we're slacking down here in the 50s, other nations are topping the charts.
The WHO compiled an extensive list of the drinking habits of more than 150 nations and categorized them into recorded consumption (consumption of alcohol purchased through regular channels), unrecorded consumption (consumption of alcohol produced, distributed and sold outside regular channels, such as homemade or smuggled alcohol), beer consumption, wine consumption, spirits consumption (distilled alcoholic beverages) and other consumption.
Want to find out which of our neighbors is putting us to shame in the drinking department? Then check out our slideshow of the 15 drunkest nations in the world.
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The Irish barely make it onto the list at No. 15. The nation that has become synonymous with Guinness stout unsurprisingly drinks more beer than any other alcoholic beverage. And they keep it traditional, too, with recorded consumption far above unrecorded.
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(Note: All values are in liters.)
- Total: 14.41
- Recorded: 13.39
- Unrecorded: 1.00
- Beer: 7.04
- Wine: 2.75
- Spirits: 2.51
- Other: 1.09